Large format configurable control surface

Configurable Control Surface

S500 control surface takes a modular approach. It offers a range of touchscreen and hardware tiles that can be combined with an optional meter bridge, within a collection of console frames to create a completely scaleable control system. 

The core control elements always present in an S500 large format console are a Fader Tile, large Multi Touch Screens, a Channel Tile and a Master Tile. 

An S500 console can have a range of console frame layouts that present these core elements along with an optional meter bridge and can include an intelligently switched screen bay, dual fader bay, or additional channel control bays. S500 can easily be scaled to suit multi-operator layouts with individual monitoring. More information on control elements can be found in the features tab. 

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Fader Tile

Fader Tiles provide hands on control over signal paths. They are freely configurable to control a variety of different signal paths with clear, bright colour coding. Each tile has 16 faders with five layers, and four banks per layer. Each fader strip has a 100mm motorised fader, level meter and a collection of status LED’s covering Dynamics, De-ess mode, Dialogue Automix and Remote AFV or Production Automation control. There is a dedicated PFL Solo key plus back stop fader PFL. There are additional keys for Mute, AFL and Select, which controls a menu of tile functions in conjunction with the touch screen interface. A three line OLED delivers a variety of visual feedback of data. At the top of the strip is a multi function Quick Encoder with three switches. Each strip features SSL’s acclaimed ‘Super-Q’ key which allows the user to spill the contributing elements or destinations for a selected fader/path across the control surface providing instant feedback and mix control either from a channel- or mix-centric view. Querying a channel shows the destinations to which the channel is routed. Querying a mix bus will show the channels that are contributing to that mix.

Channel Tile

Designed to satisfy the preferences of a wide range of operators the Channel Tile provides immediate hands-on control over any selected path. Featuring a 7 inch touchscreen with an array of push switch encoders and buttons, the S500 offers rapid access to the full range of processing and configuration functionality for a single channel. It operates in parallel with the main touchscreen, Fader Tile Quick Encoders and with the Focus Fader in the Master Tile.

Master Tile

On the left is the Focus Fader, which is assigned to the selected path and works in conjunction with the Channel Tile controls. To the right is a Master fader which can be assigned and locked to any desired path. Between the faders are the controls for the console’s powerful snapshot automation system and the switches for ten Mute Groups. At the top of the panel are the controls for System T’s flexible monitoring system which accommodates a wide range of options and supports two man operation of the console. Four additional studio monitor sections provide control over multiple studio speakers or production spaces. The five push switch encoders and their associated displays on the right hand side are freely assignable.

“Everything is where it needs to be. You don’t need to find some parameters or knobs. Even if you are new to the System T, everything is on the channel strip, just like an analogue console.”


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